Data Science in the News

‘Yes, you can’: UC Merced students learning, growing at Livermore Lab

Feb. 26, 2020- 
Just 90 miles UC Merced lies one of the epicenters of the future of technology, innovation and national security. The university and lab have teamed up to lay the groundwork for a direct pipeline between the two, opening a door to research collaborations as well as job and internship opportunities for students and alumni. Read more at UC Merced.

DSI sponsors LLNL hackathon

Feb. 18, 2020- 
Since 2012, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s (LLNL’s) Computing directorate has held hackathons three times a year. These spring, summer, and fall events are scheduled over 24 hours and invite software teams to work on new ideas, programming languages, open-source tools, or project tasks. Exploration and experimentation are highly encouraged, and “It’s OK to fail” is the event mantra...

Machine learning accelerates high-performance materials development

Feb. 13, 2020- 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and its partners rely on timely development and deployment of diverse materials to support a variety of national security missions. However, materials development and deployment can take many years from initial discovery of a new material to deployment at scale. Now, an interdisciplinary team of LLNL researchers from the Physical and Life Sciences...

Deep learning may provide solution for efficient charging, driving of autonomous electric vehicles

Feb. 4, 2020- 
LLNL computer scientists and software engineers have developed a deep learning-based strategy to maximize electric vehicle (EV) ride-sharing services while reducing carbon emissions and the impact to the electrical grid, emphasizing autonomous EVs capable of offering 24-hour service. Read more at LLNL News.

Can machine learning improve computer models enough to ignite internal confinement fusion?

Jan. 28, 2020- 
Laser-fusion researchers have turned to machine-learning techniques to seek the combinations of laser pulse characteristics and target design needed to optimize target implosions for inertial confinement fusion. Machine learning has tripled the fusion yield of the simpler direct-drive approach being studied with the OMEGA laser at the University of Rochester. In principle, the Rochester...

LLNL-led team awarded Best Paper at SC19 for modeling cancer-causing protein interactions

Nov. 22, 2019- 
A panel of judges at the International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis (SC19) on Thursday awarded a multi-institutional team led by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory computer scientists with the conference’s Best Paper award. The paper, entitled “Massively Parallel Infrastructure for Adaptive Multiscale Simulations: Modeling RAS Initiation...

Department of Energy researchers share data management strategies at first-ever “Data Day”

Nov. 11, 2019- 
It’s become something of a mantra of the digital age: Data is the new currency. Especially in science, where it’s hard to find a single project that doesn’t involve generating or consuming massive amounts of data. In light of the growing awareness of the critical importance of data management across the Department of Energy complex, more than 100 researchers from DOE national laboratories...

Big data illuminates the physical sciences

Nov. 6, 2019- 
Livermore teams are applying innovative data analysis and interpretation techniques to advance fundamental science research. This article describes projects in astrophysics and materials science. Read more at Science & Technology Review.

Lab leads effort to model proteins tied to cancer

Oct. 31, 2019- 
Computational scientists, biophysicists and statisticians from LLNL and Los Alamos National Laboratory(LANL) are leading a massive multi-institutional collaboration that has developed a machine learning-based simulation for next-generation supercomputers capable of modeling protein interactions and mutations that play a role in many forms of cancer. Read more at LLNL News.

LLNL team achieves largest graph analytics to date

Oct. 28, 2019- 
Besides broad usage in the tech industry, graph analytics also have national security applications, where algorithms dig through massive datasets to find anomalies or patterns of nefarious activity. It’s in that vein that an LLNL team of computer scientists and applied mathematicians, including Roger Pearce, Geoffrey Sanders, postdoc Benjamin Priest and visiting scholar Trevor Steil, searched...

Successful simulation and visualization coupling proves the power of Sierra

Oct. 22, 2019- 
After several years of preparation, including the creation of new tools and the porting of very large, fundamental codes, LLNL demonstrated, in the fall of 2018, a successful simulation and visualization coupling using 16,384 GPUs on 4,096 nodes of Sierra. LLNL researchers ran Ares, a GPU-enabled multiphysics code, coupled with Ascent, an in-situ visualization tool capable of utilizing the...

FedTech helps accelerate technology transfer

Oct. 4, 2019- 
LLNL computer scientists with promising technologies have taken part in a national organization’s commercialization program that pairs researchers with entrepreneurs. One of the researchers, Timo Bremer (who also sits on the DSI Council), worked for 12 weeks with teams of entrepreneurs, comprised of former CEO’s, executives, graduates and students with master’s degrees in business and others...

Learning about learning: reading group discusses advancements in AI

Oct. 2, 2019- 
Teams from around Lawrence Livermore conduct research using artificial intelligence, and the Data Science Institute’s (DSI’s) Machine Learning Reading Group serves as a resource for employees to keep one another apprised of developments in this ever-changing field. The group meets weekly to share and discuss new literature on machine learning and deep learning, subsets of artificial...

Cindy Gonzales forges a new career in data science

Sept. 25, 2019- 
Through LLNL’s Data Science Immersion Program, Gonzales is now among the Lab’s newest data scientists. For two and a half years, she juggled a demanding workload—coordinating Computing’s Scholar Program, interning with data scientists, learning from mentors, supporting LLNL’s Data Science Institute, and attending college part time—while also having her first child. Read more at LLNL Computing...

Collaboration drives data science workshop

Sept. 12, 2019- 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s (LLNL’s) Data Science Institute (DSI) hosted its second annual workshop on July 23–24, 2019. Co-sponsored by the University of California (UC) system, the event drew more than 200 participants to Garré Winery in Livermore. A common theme ran throughout both days: Collaboration is always welcome. Indeed, feedback from last year’s workshop inspired a...

Energy Department, Weill Foundation sign MOU to advance AI for biomedicine, health research

Aug. 27, 2019- 
U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry and Sandy Weill, founder of the Weill Family Foundation, signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to formally initiate a public-private partnership for artificial intelligence (AI), neurological disorders and related subjects. The MOU will foster collaboration to demonstrate AI-based research breakthroughs that span from basic science focused on a better...

CANDLE illuminates new pathways in fight against cancer

Aug. 16, 2019- 
As part of the Department of Energy’s role in the fight against cancer, scientists are building tools that use supercomputers to solve problems in entirely new ways. Cancer research provides a complex deep learning challenge that enables DOE to develop new supercomputing capabilities that will, in turn, help scientists address challenges in national security and science. The CANcer...

LLNL presentation at KDD Conference women’s luncheon (VIDEO)

Aug. 15, 2019- 
The DSI co-sponsored the women's lunch at the 2019 Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining. Alyson Fox and Amanda Minnich discussed LLNL's diversity and inclusion efforts. Watch on LLNL's YouTube channel.

Livermore Lab Foundation awards scholarship to Cal State East Bay computer science student

Aug. 2, 2019- 
Alan Noun, a computer science student at Cal State University East Bay and the recipient of the Livermore Lab Foundation's first full-year scholarship, has started a summer internship at LLNL. In partnership with Cal State University East Bay (CSUEB), the Livermore Lab Foundation (LLF) awarded Noun a one-year stipend to allow him to devote more time to academics by reducing work he needs to...

New open-air facility will be testing ground for autonomous drones, vehicles and robots

July 25, 2019- 
LLNL’s new OS-150 Robotics Laboratory is an outdoor, 8,000 square-foot enclosure that will serve as a proving ground for the autonomous drones, vehicles and robots of the future. Informally known as the "drone pen," the 50-foot-tall rectangular enclosure, located directly across from one of the Lab’s main engineering buildings, is allowing operators to pilot their drones safely and...